As individuals try to understand life through diverse beliefs, they often use philosophy to get to the core of the issues. This is the sole reason that every field of knowledge may generally be recognised as a sub-field of philosophy. Uncertainty in ideas and the trend to question beliefs have been the source of new knowledge. There are many options to clarify an idea or discuss an issue. Whether defining terms, modelling a situation, or identifying relations between parameters involved in a particular scenario, a philosophical approach is essential for the foundations of comprehension.
In academia, particularly in higher education institutions, establishing a culture of cognitive exercises, interrogation, and interdisciplinary relations in teaching and learning strategy can bring great outcomes. In a flourishing culture of interrogation, thoughts and ideas are developed that pave novel ways to resolve different disciplinary issues.
In most European and American universities, all graduate students irrespective of the field of specialisation are required to take courses in history, psychology, philosophy, and even literature to equip them with reasoning and critical thinking abilities. We must adopt an interdisciplinary approach and consider teaching methodology based on interrogation rather than dictation. This must be done at all levels and compulsorily at the graduate level to enhance students’ problem-solving and analytical abilities. It is crucial to develop students’ ability to organise ideas as it will improve the youth’s creative and innovative skills.
Dr Intikhab Ulfat
Published in The Express Tribune, December 2nd, 2022.